Stephen and his wife Linda live in Kirkham and for 13 years Stephen managed the Face To Face Homelessness Charity merging it into Fylde Coast YMCA some ten years ago. As Housing Director at the YMCA, Stephen was responsible for developing various community projects including The Credit Union and Fylde Counselling Service.
Reflecting on his former appointments in East London and Newcastle-on-Tyne of working as Methodist Minister, Hospital Chaplain and part time tutor with the Urban Theology Unit in Sheffield, Stephen is clearly committed to encouraging individuals and communities to be honest about their hopes and needs and finding how faith in God can help them be met in Body, Mind and Spirit.
|Stephen is our Minister but is already known to us and well known on the Fylde Coast having lived and worked in Fylde for 18 years and prior to that he was a Minister in Blackpool.|
I wonder what will have happened between me writing this article and you reading it.
The scene is set for what could/will be a defining week in the history of the nation. We are divided over Brexit. The process of departure has weakened our confidence in the ability of politicians to unite in the national interest. The uncertainty and fear will not end this week. Whatever is decided we know the road will not be smooth nor the route certain.
I pause, stay with Brexit or start again and write about something else? How can I ignore something so critical in the life of the UK?
We are in the season of Lent, a time of facing up to what the future holds, when we check our motives for doing what we do as well as how we do it. We need the strength and wisdom of God to do what is right.
Jesus in withdrawing into the wilderness was not running away from but facing up to a stark reality of life and daily living. What we decide today changes tomorrow. What I decide and how I act shapes me and you for no one lives life in isolation. Jesus chose to stand tall and through suffering show a truth that has stood for more than two thousand years there is more to life than death, but it is only at the point of death we see the possibility of new life.
One of the great passages of the Bible, often read in difficult times, is Psalm 23, it begins with “The Lord is my Shepherd” and ends “I know that your goodness and love will be with me all my life”. You may find it helpful in these uncertain times.